BUFFALO, N.Y. – Bucknell volleyball closed the Canisius Invitational with losses to Eastern Washington and Charlotte on Saturday at the Koessler Athletic Center. The Bison finished 1-2 at the event, including a 3-0 win over the host Golden Griffins on Friday evening.

“It was a great tournament with solid competition,” Bucknell head coach Anna Allison said. “We showed great resilience right off the bus on Friday. Toady was tougher. We came back and battled well against Eastern Washington and a very tall Charlotte team, but they got the best of us.”

The Bison are 5-4 through the first three tournaments of the season. They wrap up the non-conference portion of their schedule when they travel to Loretto, Pennsylvania, for the Red Flash Classic on Sept. 15-16. Bucknell opens the event against host Saint Francis on Friday and then takes on Morehead State and Norfolk State on Saturday.

“We have a great group of players right now,” Allison said. “We saw big contributions from several players and will continue to grow.”

Eastern Washington 3, Bucknell 2
Bucknell’s never-say-die attitude showed once again, but a late comeback attempt fell short in a 3-2 (25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 19-25, 15-8) loss to Eastern Washington in its opening match of the day.

Down 2-0 overall and 23-20 in the third set, Bucknell scored five straight points to stay alive with a 25-20 victory. Senior Hailey Stout had three kills in the final four points, while senior Luz Nagle assisted on two and added a kill of her own.

The Bison took that momentum into the fourth set, rolling to a 25-19 win. Both teams had solid runs in the set as Eastern Washington jumped out to a 12-7 lead before Bucknell took over. Trailing 15-12, the Bison scored six straight points to take a three-point advantage and never trailed in the set again. Freshman Anna Carroll eventually clinched the set with a kill.

The Eagles, who improved to 2-6, bolted to an early lead in the final set on their way to a 15-8 win.

Senior Celeste Barker had a big match for the Bison, tallying seven total blocks and six kills. Junior Blake Buchholz led the team with 12 kills, while sophomore Brooke Stark finished with 15 digs.

Charlotte 3, Bucknell 0
Playing back-to-back on the second day of the tournament proved to be a tough task for Bucknell as it dropped a 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-22) decision to Charlotte to conclude play for the weekend.

Buchholz finished with nine kills and seven digs.